Meating an Old Friend

I stepped off the platform and onto the dock, breathing in the fresh air of Vermillion. Knowing Pikachu was holding tight to my shoulder, it felt good to be back home. I hadn't seen Vermillion or any part of Kanto for that matter in two years. I set off walking, because I had a friend to see.

It was perhaps a weeklong journey from Vermillion City to Cerulian City, but I didn't feel it. Just like on an other journey I had taken, I fixed my mind on a goal and wouldn't stray from it, except maybe to eat. When I finally arrived in Cerulian, I took a deep breath of the fresh sea breeze blowing in before heading towards the gym.

The whole time, I was worried about how I would be received. I didn't know if she still had the same feelings about me that I had about her. That had been my one big regret while traveling through Hoenn and Sinnoh, that Misty wasn't with me.

i came up to the door, and stopped. I couldn't bring myself to knock. To me, not knowing was in someways better than knowing she didn't like me. Pikachu looked up at me, curious. It didn't understand human love very well, having only ever seen Brock's, attempts.

"Pika, pika pika pikaaa? Pi, Pikachu?"

"Pikachu, it's something you wouldn't understand." I started to turn away, to walk home, but a familiar voice called out my name. I smiled as I turned, because I heard the same longing desperation I felt in my heart.

"Misty!" She nearly tackled me to the ground with her hug, and I hugged her back just as fiercely. She began sobbing on my should, but I could tell they were tears of joy. I put my head next to hers and just held her tight.

I don't know how long we stood like that, her crying on my shoulder, me holding her tight, but I loved every second of it. I could hear Pikachu flipping out, wondering what was happening, but it was from a distant universe, not the one I saw, which only contained me and Misty.

Then, after an uncountable number of blissful minutes, Misty pulled back, but held onto the straps of my backpack. I kept my hands laced around her waist. "Ash, I missed you so much." Misty's eyes gleamed with a light I'd never seen before, and her smile could light up a room.

"Misty I missed you to. I, I um, I." I tried to think of the words to express my feelings for her, but she beat me to it.

"Shhh, Ash." Then she leaned her head in close to mine (She had to stand on her tip toes because I was finally taller than her) and I leaned down to her, and our lips met...